Diagnosis and Treatment for Gum Disease

When it comes to gum problems, you can count on your Kennewick WA dentist. He’s committed to giving you the most accurate diagnosis and the best treatment using advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology. If you want to experience exceptional patient care, come in to the clinic for consultation. Your dentist will perform a set of procedures during your routine oral exam to check for periodontal or gum disease.

He’ll ask about your medical history in order to know more about any past or present periodontal problem along with any medications that you are currently taking that could be affecting your gums. You’ll need to discuss your oral health care habits with him as well, so he could spot areas where you could use improvement on to keep your gums as healthy as possible.

Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth. He’ll inspect the gum area by checking the color and shape of gingival tissue and looking for symptoms like bleeding, redness, and puffiness. He will also test for the mobility of your tooth by slightly pushing it in between two instruments, to see if your gums have loosened their hold on it. The movement of your tooth is a sign of bone support loss, which can be caused by gum disease. He may then ask you to take X-rays in order to determine any loss of bone structure supporting your teeth.

Your Kennewick dentist will usually recommend treatments that don’t involve surgery. This includes professional dental cleanings along with root planing and scaling for your gums. Cleaning eliminates the plaque and tartar that cling to your teeth and gums. Planing and scaling, on the other hand, is a deep cleaning that needs local anesthetic to remove plaque and calculus from above and below the gum line.

Let Dr. Walter G. Hadley help you maintain healthy teeth and gums by dropping by for a visit at Marineland Dental Care today. Just call 509-591-0515 or fill out our appointment form to schedule a consultation.

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